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A Delphic Prophecy

President Mason offers a mythical allusion to the 'disjointed babblings' of the Delphic oracle:

At ancient Delphi the oracle spoke to Apollo’s chosen intermediary. Originally a male monster (python), she had evolved in later mythology into a wise middle aged woman. Nevertheless, her disjointed babblings were recorded by attendant (male) priests who rendered them into ambiguous verse which was in turn open to endless interpretations. It all sounds like the attempt of an intermediate Court of Appeal to explain Perre v Apard Pty Ltd to trial judges and litigants.

Citation: Keith Mason, 'Unconscious Judicial Prejudice' (Paper presented at the Supreme and Federal Courts Judges' Conference, January 2001
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